Bruni v. City of Pittsburgh

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Description:  A Pittsburgh censorship zone ordinance allows the creation of hundreds of censorship zones throughout the city that ban leafleting and other free speech around the facilities of abortionists, eye doctors, dentists, and any “therapeutic,” “healing,” or “health-building” treatment services.

Appeal likely of district court decision upholding Pittsburgh censorship zones

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot regarding a federal district court’s decision Thursday in Bruni v. City of Pittsburgh upholding the city’s censorship zone ordinance even after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit sent the case back to the district court upon finding that “the Ordinance imposes the same kind of burden on speech” as one the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in 2014:

“The government can’t stifle free speech simply because some pro-abortion politicians or activists demand it. The district court should have ruled in accordance with the appeals court, which correctly applied what the Supreme Court made clear three years ago—that free speech receives the highest protection on public sidewalks. Because the city cannot justify squelching the peaceful offers of help that the sidewalk counselors we represent offer to women, we are consulting with our clients regarding the possibility of appeal.”
  • Pronunciation guide: Theriot (TAIR’-ee-oh), Bruni (BROON’-ee)
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-06-01: 3rd Circuit reinstates lawsuit against Pittsburgh censorship zones
  • 2015-11-05: ADF to 3rd Circuit: Pittsburgh censorship zones hurt women, violate free speech
  • 2015-03-26: ADF to 3rd Circuit: Pittsburgh censorship zones violate free speech
  • 2015-03-06: ADF considering appeal of ruling that keeps Pittsburgh censorship zones in place
  • 2014-12-02: Court to consider whether Pittsburgh can enforce censorship zones
  • 2014-09-05: ADF files suit against Pittsburgh censorship zones

  • Greg Scott: Yes, Pittsburgh, the First Amendment applies to pro-life people, too (Ricochet, 2016-06-03)

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